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    Filter hit modern-rock radio hard and heavy with 1995's industrial-tinged single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" from the Cleveland-formed group's debut Short Bus. For lead singer Richard Patrick, the band's upcoming album The Trouble with Angels is a step forw...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
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    Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Bettye LaVette

    Robert Plant raised a lot more than sand on that 2007 album with Alison Krauss, one of the very few Americana albums to go platinum since O Brother, Where Art Thou? He also raised five Grammys in February 2009 -- Raising Sand was released too late to...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    It would have been easy for Britpop trio Keane to stick to the Snow Patrol and Coldplay bandwagoneering that they exhibited on 2004's debut LP, the VH1-embraced Hopes and Fears. Instead of resting with that sound, albeit how profitable it could be, K...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Ke$ha



    If Lady Gaga is somehow too arty or brainy for you, look no further than Ke$ha, the bane of all those who must type her name on a regular basis. Does there really have to be a dollar sign in the middle? Initially known for singing the hook on Flo Rid...

    by Craig Hlavaty on July 22, 2010
  • Mark Chesnutt


    Mark Chesnutt

    With early-'90s barroom memoirs both funny ("Bubba Shot the Jukebox") and not so funny ("Too Cold at Home"), Mark Chesnutt was one of the last in the George Jones line of Beaumont-bred, bona fide honky-tonkers to find real major-label success. Chesnu...

    by Chris Gray on July 22, 2010
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    Maps & Atlases

    Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves up loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing repetitive vocal lines together, sometimes splashing with unexpected drumbeats f...

    by Erin K. Thomson on July 22, 2010
  • The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.


    The Curious Case of the People's Champ - Paul Wall is neither a cartoon nor an asshole.

    When you call Paul Wall's cell phone and he doesn't answer, the automatic voice mail picks up, as automatic voice mails are wont to do: "The mailbox belonging to 'Whut it dew?' is full and cannot accept new messages at this time." Yes. "Whut it...

    by Shea Serrano on July 22, 2010
  • Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.


    Toy Story - How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

    The story of Mic Skills, likely Houston's hardest-working underground rapper, begins with a collection of Transformers. His popular Mission Control showcase and debut album behind him, Mic's honest, autobiographical rhymes owe largely to a rare Optim...

    by Valerie Alberto on July 22, 2010
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    We Like The Eagles: Rocks Off's Not-So-Secret Shame

    The Eagles swoop into Toyota Center Sunday for what the omnipresent radio spots (if not the band itself) say could be their last tour, and Rocks Off has been thinking about them a lot lately. It started more than a month ago, when C3 announced the Ea...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 25, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    How To Survive The Summer Concert Season

    Well, imaginary naysayer who just had an imaginary conversation with us, here in Houston summer lasts until the trannies off Pacific Street start wearing two pairs of Spanx, which is sometime before Thanksgiving. Excrement-festooned portapotties, s...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 25, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
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    FAIL: Weezer, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, ASCAP

    Adams is collaborating with Weezer on one song for their next album, and despite the fact that Rivers Cuomo is enthusiastically gushing about how badass it is, our expectations are pretty low. Both performers have turned in great material in the past...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on June 25, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Behind The Scenes Of Pale's "Catastrophic Skies" Video

    Moody Houston alt-rock band Pale premiered its video for "Catastrophic Skies," a song that was once under serious consideration for one of the Twilight soundtracks, last week. David A. Cobb of Houston Calling was invited to the set and sent in this r...

    @ Rocks Off by David A. Cobb on June 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Metal Edition

    1. Mtley Cre: In 1984, drunk and heading home from a liquor store, frontman Vince Neil was involved in a head-on collision resulting in the death of Hanoi Rocks' drummer. Neil was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter, only serving 18 days...

    @ Rocks Off by Valerie Alberto on June 25, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Jeremy Messersmith, Obsessed With Death In A Cheerful Way

    Corpses, organ donors, coffin salesmen, shot-down gangster doppelgangers, and zombies (both literally and the '60s Colin Blunstone variety) populate the 11 tracks, all wrapped in lush harmonies, bright guitar, bouncy piano and wry observation. For t...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on June 25, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Z-Ro Smacks Out On Disappointing Heroin

    ? So, here's one for you: Z-Ro's highly anticipated Heroin album, the junior LP in his line of drug-themed efforts, has apparently been released. No press release, no Twitter tweets, no radio spots, no nothing. It's just out. You can cut t...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on June 25, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Naked Rock Band = Parenting WIN (Semi-SFW)

    ? You know, as a person who spent ten years performing in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rocks Off never thought he'd live to say this, but, "Put bloody some clothes on!" It's daytime, and your kids are watching. They're dressed! Do you know...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on June 25, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    How About Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s?

    Rocks Off would like to thank this year's music award nominees who sent us a couple of MP3s like we asked you to a couple of days ago. By our count, about 11 nominees have now sent us some music, which leaves... well, a lot. We're still a little afr...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on June 24, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Want To "Support The Scene"? Avoid Open-Mike Nights

    Let Lonesome Onry and Mean see if we've got this straight. Because we've written an article about how bad an open-mike night at Salt Bar was, we are tearing down - or not supporting - the Houston music scene? Well, that's bullshit. You want to know...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on June 24, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    The Day Michael Jackson Died: A Look Back

    Rocks Off remembers tooling around on Twitter and seeing the first missive from TMZ saying that Jackson was being rushed to the hospital in grave condition. At first it seemed like just another wacked-out chapter in his life. We had already been smar...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on June 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rap Goes To College: 5 More Possible Hip-Hop Professors

    Never thought you'd hear those words in the same sentence? Yeah, us too. But as hiphopdx.com reports, you just might be seeing a lot more "Diamonds and Wood" and "Front, Back & Side to Side" in the Rice University parking lot. That's because Bun B ...

    @ Rocks Off by Rolando Rodriguez on June 24, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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